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22 deviants said Cap Stone. We still love you Liam!
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8 deviants said Milk for the Ugly. Too awesome! And scary. Plus - goat. Goats are cool. And a bit creepy.
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7 deviants said Other. As always, your choices stink Sharpy. Where's Star Trek? Hellboy? Come on!!!!
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5 deviants said MONO. It's a monkey. And it's a man. It's a monkey-man!
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5 deviants said Sherlock Holmes. It's Sherlock Holmes for heaven's sake! And it's Bill Sienkiewicz!!! Come on!!!
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4 deviants said MLP - because cute ponies. That move!!!
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3 deviants said Treatment. Damn, that's some hardcore shizzle! And - Dave Gibbons! Duh!
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3 deviants said Briar Rose. And Rapunzel. That stuff rocks - in a girl but cool way. I'm not affraid to say it!
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1 deviant said War in Heaven. Oh man - that stuff is so incredibly EPIC!!!! And scary!!!! Amazing bro.
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No deviants said Ugh! Who doesn't love a good light-hearted caveman gag-fest?

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What ARE we to do?

I write to this miniscule bubble of mostly like-minded liberal friends - as like attracts like, and we've all learned the hard way in recent times that we are NOT the consensus.

As we slip into another inevitable age, who survives?

Because we will not change our ways - don't want to, or deny the proof of it - what then?

Do we take up the arms of those we have battled? Do we harden ourselves, cast aside our compassion for all human kind, and look no further than our defensible perimeter?

Do we prepare for the inevitable losses, and stop wasting our time with futile battles against elite institutions so powerful that none of us register to them on any human level?

Because when I look forward now I see a crumbling world economic structure built on imperfect foundations around a barter system that never existed. Bullion - for what it was worth - has been largely sold in the west, and currency is already a virtual concept. And we don't know how we can protect ourselves, while others are already planning how to make fortunes out of global collapse.

I see fast change in weather patterns, and we had better hope that the worst of these predictions is not correct otherwise we are already certainly doomed.

I see anger, poverty, racial tension, paranoia, resentment, inequality, hatred and - worst of all - apathy.

I see a growing anti-science movement. This bullshit that says scientific theory is 'just a theory', while we ride around in cars and planes, our semi-cyborg lives permanently plugged into the inter-web. All running because science IS real, and DOES do what we predict it will do. And when we are wrong, we learn, and we try again until we DO get it right.

I see our collective consciousness steered towards squabbles, and the mean and low-down street battles that are our jobs, our lives, our consumer 'needs' and basic rights. Our lust for money, at any cost. Our new-found ability to bully and hate from the obscure haven of a keyboard. We don't set our aim at the real enemy that orchestrates all this.

I see, in all of it, collapse.

I feel the world creaking under the strain of us.

I see war, and I see terror, and I see death.

And I see and hear those that would embrace it - many of whom call a loving, kindly god who turned his cheek and hated killing and the wealthy, their own. I see those who long for a world where the only thing that matters is might and power. I'll take care of my own, and damn the rest of you.

Because who is REALLY prepared to change?

I see two vast walls facing each other, dark and unmoving. The lines are drawn. The world IS already divided. Our intolerance grows, as does our hatred.

Would you change?

And so I ask again - what do we do?

In the world I see ahead of us I had best be everything I have spent a lifetime opposing, as peaceably as I can, and as rationally.

I had better arm myself. (Remember - a good drone with a gun can protect you from the bad drones.)

I had better stop loving you, my gentle, compassionate friends.

I had better start recruiting 'friends' that are not afraid of what promises to come.

I had better arm, and harden my children. If they are to take a life they had better do it unflinchingly, and ruthlessly. They had better not ever imagine that their assailants are as human as they are.

I had better get a bigger vehicle that can handle rugged terrain for when the roads become unsafe.

I had better start learning to hunt and kill animals, and stockpiling food.

I had better start turning away from the fragile and needy and mentally unstable that mill like Morlocks in our city centers - useless pointless human wastrels that they are.

I had better become the creature I have ironically portrayed in my art for decades - barbarian. Cruel. Fearless. Ruthless. And very very dangerous.

Then I have a chance, while the world broils, at maybe a few more generations of life.

Utopia is foolish.

Idealism is dead.

'The better angels of our nature' are no longer welcome.

I had hoped for better from humanity, but I'm losing faith in our ability to love. To be kind. To listen. To care.

Bring on the fire, and bring on the fury, and good riddance to humankind. We deserve what we get.

Meanwhile - it's almost beer o' clock. Cheers!

NOTE: Dear friends, of COURSE I'm not going to change, but sometimes I need a really good rant!!! :-)

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Liam Sharp
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United States
Liam Sharp is the co-founder and CCO of Madefire, as well as an artist, writer and publisher. www.madefire.com

He made his debut in the late 1980s drawing Judge Dredd for 2000ad. He later moved to Marvel UK, where he drew the best-selling Marvel UK title ever, Death's Head II. Thereafter he began working mainly in the United States on books as diverse as the X-Men, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Venom, Man-Thing (for Marvel Comics), Superman, Batman, and The Possessed (for DC Comics and Wildstorm), Spawn: The Dark Ages (for Todd McFarlane and Image) and Red Sonja for Dynamite comics.
Liam has also worked on more mature themed books for Verotik, drawing Frank Frazetta's The Death Dealer, and a strip originated by Stan Winston called Realm of the Claw.

In 2004 Liam established MamTor™ Publishing with wife Christina. This saw the launch of the critically acclaimed and award-winning anthology Event Horizon, and the prestigious collaboration with Mother (London) Advertising, Four Feet From a Rat, which appeared as a quarterly comic in Time Out magazine. This led to work on three major advertising campaigns for the Coca-Cola Company, art and design work for Strange Beast, Passion Pictures, Knuckleheads, Shots magazine and Red Arrow Entertainment amongst others.

Liam also worked on designs for the movies Lost in Space, Small Soldiers and the animated series Batman Beyond.

More recent work includes co-creating the controversial DC/Vertigo title Testament with best-selling novelist and media commentator Douglas Rushkoff, the comic adaptation of the seminal XBox game Gears of War for Wildstorm, and the graphic novella Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven for Dark Horse.

Liam's critically acclaimed first novel GOD KILLERS: MACHIVARIUS POINT & OTHER TALES was published in 2008 with a second edition in 2009.

For Madefire he is currently working on an epic personal project that he is co-writing with wife Christina McCormack called Captain Stone is Missing... as well as writing MONO, and co-producing art with Bill Sienkiewicz for a series of Sherlock Holmes stories.
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Bellstar Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015   Writer
You rock!!!
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jonathanbakerart Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Great to finally meet you in person at SDCC! Thanks for your time. I was honored to lifedraw with the crew. I later remembered more to tell and ask you, but you must have been exhausted by Sunday so it's just as well.
More cons in the future, more Motion Books!
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AronKamo Featured By Owner May 29, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you for the fav, I`m feeling honored!
You have an awesome gallery!!
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Napper5565 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning gallery I could fav every piece :) I am an old school 2000ad reader so glad I found you here. Us mere mortals can only aspire to get anywhere near you.
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MartinSears70 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome Artwork !!!
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